Training can be difficult for all sorts of reasons, whether it’s because you’re not happy with your body and don’t want people to see you work out, because you often lack the motivation to get in the gym in the first place or even because you’re put off by the free weights section, intimidated by all that equipment and the other people using it.
Fear of the weights section is certainly not uncommon, so don’t feel as though you’re out there alone in how you feel… this is definitely not the case. The good news, however, is that there’s a lot you can do to overcome this fear and you’ll be lifting weights with the best of them before you know it.
First of all, if you’re looking for an instant confidence boost, signing up for an eight week personal training programme can really work wonders. A personal trainer will show you how to use the different weights and equipment safely, so that when you’re ready to go it alone, you can step into the gym and get going immediately, with nothing to worry about.
Watching lots of training videos can also help you work out what to do and help you devise your own training plans, so head to Instagram and follow some of the fitness accounts, or spend some time on YouTube to see what you can find.
Finding a workout buddy is another very useful way of getting to grips with weight training, especially if you find someone more experienced than you, so if you’ve got a friend you can train with, perhaps ask to join them for a session or two.
Most importantly, however, try to have as much fun as you can. Watching your body change and feeling it growing stronger really is exciting - and that will keep you hitting the weights more often than not.